Review: She & Him, ‘Volume Two’

Review: She & Him, ‘Volume Two’: Aidin Vaziri | With the sparkling 1970s AM radio strains of their first album together, “Volume One,” doe-eyed actress Zooey Deschanel and indie-rock utility player M. Ward established that She & Him wasn’t just another movie star vanity project to be filed alongside cut-out-bin staples such as Keanu Reeves’ Dogstar or Russell Crowe’s 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. On the duo’s second release, they traverse the same country-tinged terrain as the first, with pedal steel guitars, swinging pop melodies and Deschanel’s nasal voice, which floats somewhere between Carly Simon and Patsy Cline. From the ecstatic “In the Sun” to the Spector-esque “Ridin’ in My Car,” your level of enjoyment will depend heavily on how you feel about the dance sequence in “(500) Days of Summer.”

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